At the roots of his design there is mythology, history, tradition. Gustavo creates handmade jewels that are unique and his work is inspired by Italy’s treausures: his hometown’s landscape, Mount Vesuvius, the Bay of Naples, but also on other Italian beauties and cities such as Venice, Sorrento, Rome, and Florence. Fascinated by ancient jewel arts, Gustavo digs into Italy’s beauty and, just like a landscape painter of the 1700, he pictures Italian treasures in rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants.
Art and fashion come together in his jewels. “You can sell a design but you can’t sell a feeling. When you enter a local store you bring back with you a piece of art, of fashion and a piece of that place.” Gustavo grew up in the jewelry field; his whole family and both parents worked in jewel manufacturing for over four generations. He studied at the Art Institute of Naples, with a background in fine and applied arts, and then started working in one of the most important artistic laboratories of Naples, with master craftsman Virgilio.
He also studied many techniques from the big industrial jewelers, at Chopard and Buccellati, aiming to excellence and willing to approach the most difficult technique in ancient art jewelry, the “granulazione etrusca: thousands of tiny gold spheres combined together to make a unique design. With his strong passion and interest for new and sophisticated techniques and his richness of design and artistic expression made with precious metals, gorgeous gemstones and luxurious textures, Gustavo captures made in Italy essence.
His jewels travel the globe to bring a piece of Italy’s best handmade wares. He sells direct from his workshop in Ercolano (region Campania), on the internet at this website www.gustavorenna.com and also at the exclusive Jensen Stern jewellery store in Ketchum, Idaho.
Rania Al-Abdullah, Queen of Jordan, was fascinated by his jewelry’s style and wears his rings. For his wedding, his special gift to his wife was a totally unique and original design: precious earrings to match the bride’s dress.